San Francisco Art & Film for Teens


Free cultural programs for teens, including Friday night film screenings, Saturdays art walks and free seats to cultural events. Open to all Bay Area students, middle school through college. Established 1993. 


Friday 4 at 7pm

Cine Club @ SF Art Institute (800 Chestnut Street)
Milos Forman’s AMADEUS (1984, USA)

This screening is generously sponsored by Doug Schmidt and Stephen Martin.


A bright, funny, extravagant look at the life of Mozart filtered through the eyes of his arch-enemy Salieri, who plots against the gifted young composer. This Best Picture winner is packed with divine music, riotous humor, extravagant settings and beautiful costumes.

Warning: nudity and brief simulated sex.

Why we’re showing this film:
Amadeus not only became a blockbuster and won many awards, but also turned thousands of viewers onto Mozart. It’s not a traditional biopic, as it looks at Mozart only through the end of his tragically short life. The entire film is filled with youthful energy and exuberance—and always true to the Mozart’s flamboyant and bizarre character. We think you will love the sense of humor and playfulness, but also be gripped by the realities of a great artist’s life when his fans desert him. A stunning, unforgettable performance by Tom Hulce.

About the director:
A Czech director considered part of the Czech new wave, Milos Forman gained an international reputation with The Fireman’s Ball and Loves of a Blond. He was brought to the United States and made the films which brought him two Academy Awards—One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Amadeus. He continued to make thoughtful films, including Hair, Valmont and Man on the Moon. His last film, Goya’s Ghost was filmed in 2006.

Saturday 5

Art Saturday @ Minnesota Street Project


Come with us to see what's on show at San Francisco's newest (and largest) art complex, The Minnesota Street Project. Over a dozen of the cities top art galleries gathered together, which mean's there's always something exciting and unexpected to discover! We'll be stopping at Anglim Gilbert, Rena Bransten, Jack Fisher, and the McEvoy Foundation to name a few.

11 am Meet at Philz Coffee (1258 Minnesota St)

11:15 Tour of Minnesota Street Project art galleries

1 pm Picnic lunch at Esprit Park (19th St and Minnesota St)

Art Saturday lunches are generously sponsored by Mission AOC I, LLC.

Friday 11

Cine Club @ SF Art Institute (800 Chestnut Street)
John Schlesinger’s DARLING (1965, UK)

This Cine Club is generously sponsored by Vera Graaf.


A jewel of the British New Wave. A fast-moving look at the highs and lows of the 1960’s where a bored young model is suddenly “discovered” and finds herself traipsing through European high society with little regard for the consequences.

Why we’re showing this film:
The 60’s was a decade of upheaval and rebellion that spread throughout the world, and it gave birth to a generation of people with freedom and self-expression at the forefront of their consciousness. Darling takes the viewer on a journey through “swinging London” in the company of a young couple who always seem to be in the right place at the right time. It pokes merciless fun at many of their values and actions. It’s the finest celebration—and critique—of the go-with-the-flow attitudes and brand new culture of London in the 1960s.

About the director:
Schesinger came to be recognized internationally with his early English films, A Kind of Loving, Billy Liar, and Darling. He followed this with a number of successful films in both England and the U.S. including Midnight Cowboy (for which he won an Oscar), and Far from the Madding Crowd, Sunday Bloody Sunday and Marathon Man.

Friday 18

Cine Club @ SF Art Institute (800 Chestnut Street)
Oliver Herschbeigel 's DOWNFALL (2004, Germany)


A captivating recreation of the last days of Adolf Hitler and his closest staff trapped in their Berlin bunker as they reluctantly come to terms with their inevitable defeat. This film captures the paranoia, the delusion and the madness with chilling precision and brilliance. Bruno Ganz’s portrayal of Hitler is not to be missed. Warning: realistic war violence

Why we show this film:
There are many films about the rise of Hitler and the Third Reich, but there are very few about his last days.  The British film Hitler, The Last Ten Days, starring Alec Guiness,  is filled with florid and chilling monologues, giving an almost theatrical tone to the war zone.  With Downfall, a German director and his writers blend a documentary style with a powerful performance from Bruno Ganz to create a profoundly realistic and human portrayal of the dictator and his supporters. This doesn't diminish the horror of their crimes, but sharpens our understanding of how they came to pass. This film recreates the end of a very dark era for humanity, and is one of the best history lessons we have on film.

About the director:
Oscar Hirschbiegel began his career as a painter and  graphic artist, then moved through a number of projects for television before making his first feature, Das Experiment about the rise of fascism in a German secondary school. Downfall gained him a great deal of international renown, and remains the most important of his films to date.

Friday 25

Cine Club @ SF Art Institute


Get ready for Halloween with this blood-soaked thriller! Joaquin Phoenix gives his finest perfor-mance as troubled and violent professional killer hired to rescue a kidnapped girl. This film is 90 minutes of nonstop action and suspense. Be prepared!

Warning: graphic violence.

Why we show this film:
The effects that childhood trauma leave on people cannot be underestimated, and this film follows a troubled and traumatized character through harrowing experiences. Hired to rescue kidnapped girls, he moves into an underworld of shady deals supported mysteriously by unknown characters which makes the film doubly powerful –the director knows that its better to leave connections up to our imaginations. The violence is limited to abstract images similar to Wong Kar Wai, and the forward motion of the film keeps you on the edge of your seat.

About the director:
We’re happy to introduce to you a director who has been unfairly ignored by Hollywood, but who continues with a series of stunning films which she writes and directs. She has a reputation for leaving projects that she feels have been compromised by commercial interests. Her films include Ratcatcher, Morvern Callar, We Need to Talk About Kevin. Her gritty style, and her dedication to facing difficult truths in her films have made her unique among young directors.

Saturday 26

Art Saturday @ Open Studios


We’re throwing ourselves into the throngs of art lovers who will be roaming from studio to studio to see what the artists of San Francisco are working on. We’ll start with our founding director’s studio at Developing Environments before visiting Project Artaud and 1890 Bryant Street.

11 am Meet at the studio of Ronald Chase
(540 Alabama Street)

11:15 Tour the Mission/Potrero Hill Open Studios

1 pm Picnic lunch on the roof of 540 Alabama Street

Art Saturday lunches are generously sponsored by Mission AOC I, LLC.